The inspiration for my Art Journal came from a couple of birds. I recently saw them busy (re)building their nest in our woodshed. It's an annual affair with these birds. They disappear during the winter months and reappear to start their home improvement projects. It can only mean that Spring is Near!
The stamps featured on this page is by Chocolate Baroque. The birds and the cage are from A Little Bird Told Me. The little flowers in the background are from Seasonal Fragments.
As always, I started by priming the page with Faber-Castell Gesso. Then I applied Folk Art Acrylic Paints with a brayer and dabbed it with a baby wipe; adding layers of colour until I was happy with the blend and texture. The colours I used are 481 Aqua, 524 Calypso Sky, 634 Hot Pink and 735 Lemon Custard.
To create a border around the page I added darker colours along the edges by blending Faber-Castell Gelatos: Blueberry, Boysenberry and Black Licorice.
Faber-Castell Gelato Metallic Icing. And then I rubbed a little Faber-Castell Gelato Gold Champagne through TWC Mini Chickenwire stencil because... well, why not?! And with that, my background is ready for stamping.
First up, I stamped the birdcage from A Little Bird Told Me with Ranger Archival Ink Dandelion and coloured it in with Gold Wink Of Stella. Next, I stamped the birds directly onto the page with Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black. The letters for the sentiment are from Lawn Fawn Riley's ABC also stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black.
A close-up of the bottom half looks like this:
Seasonal Fragments with Ranger Archival Ink Magenta Hue and added little dots in the middle with Faber-Castell PITT Big Brush pen 125 Middle Purple Pink.
I stamped the same birds again with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Neenah White cardstock and coloured with them Copics. Next, I cut out the bodies and adhered them to the page with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. This gave a birds added dimension. Then I coloured the rest of birds with Faber-Castell PITT Big Brush pens: tail feathers (219 Deep Scarlet Red, 113 Orange Glaze, 107 Cadmium Yellow); legs (113 Orange Glaze); and branches (175 Dark Sepia). Last bit of stamping: a sentiment from A Little Bird Told Me in Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
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Please head on over to VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles and check out what she has made. Vicki comes from an artistic family and her projects are simply fabulous.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are having glimpses of spring where you are.